Greetings 5a Community,
…and an especially warm welcome to the families of Oliva and Junsuk, or new students for semester two who begin on Monday.
In UOI this week we began investigating the first line of inquiry: forms of governance (form). Students began investigating the system of government found in their home countries. They are preparing a short presentation on the key facts, to be presented in class next week.
On Tuesday, our Head of School Ms Jane came to Grade Five to talk with us about our governance unit. She taught us about the system of government at UNIS, and answered many questions from students.
Next week we will take a closer look at the responsibility of citizens and government (responsibility)
For iACT time this week, students were asked to lead a discussion about a possible exhibition topic. So far, students have talked about whaling, ocean pollution, malaria, air pollution, and wars in Yemen and Syria. Next week we will continue our discussions with those students who have not yet presented.
In math this week, we have continued our inquiries into decimals by examining the 100m freestyle swim times at the 2012 Olympic Games. Students practiced reading, ordering, comparing, writing, adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals. Next week we will take a look at percentages, before practicing converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages.
In literacy this week, students have been reading about different forms of government, in preparation for their home country presentation. We also began examining characteristics of the discussion text type in a little more detail.
The annual Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon fundraiser is back. On the 1st of February, ES students will be walking and or running laps around a 200meter circuit to raise money for Blue Dragan. Blue Dragon is a local organization with the goal to get homeless children off the streets of Hanoi, and into homes and schools. Your child has been given their sponsor sheet today, and they are encouraged to get as many sponsors as they can (students are not limited to one sheet). 5A also needs volunteers on the day to keep track of laps and cheer students on as they push themselves to complete as many laps as they can.
5A are taking the walkathon very seriously. We are eager to raise as much money as possible. We have started training every day by running laps around the field together. For the next two weeks, please ensure your child has shoes appropriate for running.
Dinner time talk
• What problems are you thinking could be good to highlight as an Exhibition project?
• What is the purpose of raising money for Blue Dragon?
• What forms of governance have you inquired into this week?
• Do you know how our home country is governed?
Save the Date
- 21st Jan – Start of Semester 2,
- 28th Jan – reports home to families
- 30th Jan – Parent Teacher Conferences 10am – 6pm
- 31st Jan – Tet Assembly
- 1st Feb – Blue Dragon Walkathon